Skipping a Beat: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Sarah Pekkanen

Narrated By: Sarah Pekkanen

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: December 2013

Duration: 9 hours 38 minutes


What would you do if your husband suddenly wanted to rewrite the rules of your relationship?

Julia and Michael meet in high school in their small, poverty-stricken West Virginia hometown. Both products of difficult childhoods -- Julia’s father is a compulsive gambler and Michael’s mother abandoned his family when he was a young boy – they find a sense of safety and mutual understanding in each other. Shortly after graduation they flee West Virginia to start afresh. Now thirty-somethings, they are living a rarified life in their multi-million-dollar, Washington D.C. home. From the outside it all looks perfect – Julia has become a highly sought-after party planner, while Michael has launched a wildly successful flavored water company that he sold for $70 million.

But one day Michael stands up at the head of the table in his company's boardroom -- then crashes to the floor. More than four minutes later, a portable defibrillator manages to jump-start his heart. Yet what happened to Michael during those lost minutes forever changes him. Money is meaningless to him now - and he wants to give it all away to charity. A prenuptial agreement that Julia insisted upon back when Michael's company was still struggling means she has no claim to his fortune, and now she must decide: should she walk away from the man she once adored, but who truthfully became a stranger to her long before his near-death experience - or should she give in to her husband's pleas for a second chance and a promise of a poorer but happier life?

Told in the same funny, poignant voice as The Opposite of Me, this novel reveals the story of a marriage and lifestyle that seem glamorous and enviable from the outside, but are filled with complications and betrayals within.


  • Rachel S.

    Absolutely amazing! I couldn’t stop listening. Definitely on my favorites list.